The Baker Institute offers a wide variety of extra-curricular events called iDeX, short for idea exchange!  Providing a wide range of experiences including a speaker series, interactive sessions, panel discussions, topical meet-ups and more, iDeX  events  promise to be exciting and inspiring!  The Baker Institute’s calendar includes iDex events, curricular programming and other related activities around campus.

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June 2, 2014

LaunchBayC Student Accelerator

LaunchBayC Student Accelerator

June 2 – August 15, 2014

Supported by the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation, the LaunchBayC accelerator nurtures competitively selected students working on fledgling pre-seed funding startups, including university-related spinoffs related to faculty research, prior to sufficiently proving themselves to attract Ben Franklin and angel or venture capital investment. Modeled in part on the highly selective TechStars and Y-Combinator, it emphasizes networking and mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs. The Mountaintop location provides easy access to the experience, programming, and infrastructure of BenFranklin TechVentures, one of the nation’s leading professional tech incubators, and its community of over 40 startup companies.

The accelerator is one of 19 projects taking place in summer 2014 as part of Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Project, an integrated learning environment within the former Bethlehem Steel research facilities located on the university’s Mountaintop Campus.

Other Mountaintop entrepreneurship projects include:

  • Undergraduate student Shannon Varcoe ’15 and her Klinx product line – wooden toys developed for children with ADHD – advised by entrepreneurship professor Joshua Ehrig.
  • Undergraduate students Colleen Parry ’15, Elena Ramirez ’15, and Jeff Peisner ’15, advised by Technical Entrepreneurship professor Marc de Vinck, Baker Institute senior director Lisa Getzler-Linn, ECE professor Bill Best, and mechanical engineering professor Christina Haden, developing personalized 3D-printed limb prosthetics for children in collaboration with Lehigh’s CREATE club and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital.

Learn more about:

For more information: (610) 758-5626,

Start: 8:00 am
End: 5:00 pm

September 18, 2014

Creativity & Innovation Welcome Event

Welcome Event for all students. Hands-on demonstrations. 3D printing. Qualifies for 5×10 bLUeprint experience for first-year students. Open to all students, faculty, and staff.

For more information: (610) 758-5626 or

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

September 27, 2014

TEDx LehighRiver

Sept. 27, 2014
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Miller Symphony Hall
Allentown, PA

TEDxLehighRiver is a community-based initiative aimed at bringing together a diverse group of speakers and audience members to participate in a program of engaging and thought-provoking presentations and conversation. TEDx Talks are presentations of innovative ideas from various fields, which reflect a theme of “Giant Steps.”

For more information: (610)

Start: 1:00 pm
End: 5:00 pm

November 14, 2014

Lehigh Valley Startup Weekend

November 14 – 16, 2014
Ben Franklin TechVentures, Lehigh Valley, PA

One of the nation’s premier entrepreneurship events, Startup Weekends draw entrepreneurs, inventors, product developers, business owners, and others to pitch their ideas and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.


Friday, November 14th:

6:30 pm: Registration – Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm: Dinner & Networking – Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm: Welcome & Speakers – Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm: Pitches start – Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm: Voting – Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm: Form Teams – Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm: Being Work – Start to formalize teams and take inventory of skills. Be honest and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

Saturday, November 15th

Sunday, November 16th


For more information and schedule: Startup Weekend Lehigh Valley

The event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for  Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation is a co-sponsor of the event.

Start: 12:00 am
End: 11:59 pm

November 18, 2014

LV Tech Meetup – Panel Discussion on Entrepreneurial Experiences in the Valley

Lehigh Valley Tech is an organization for startups, entrepreneurs, hackers, and technology enthusiasts in the Lehigh Valley to share and demo what they are working on. Meetup events are opportunities to learn about startups in the Lehigh Valley and network with other technology professionals.

For more information:

The event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.


Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

November 20, 2014

Ben Franklin Venture Idol

It’s a cross between Shark Tank and American Idol, but with entrepreneurs and investors instead of vocalists and celebrities. Ben Franklin Venture Idol returns to Ben Franklin TechVentures in Bethlehem this fall. This annual event attracts entrepreneurs and investors, business and community leaders, and professional service providers for high-quality interactions leading to investments and economic growth. Three early-stage tech entrepreneurs seeking investment deliver their elevator pitches to an investor panel and the audience. After judges’ comments, everyone votes. A new Ben Franklin Venture Idol is announced and awarded a financial investment in the company.

EMAIL YOUR CONTACT  INFORMATION to receive an invitation.

For more information:

The event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

November 22, 2014

Entrepreneurial Bus Tour

This bus crawl takes budding entrepreneurs, students, and existing startup business owners on a tour of resources for space, financing, legal and accounting assistance, prototyping, marketing and sales assistance in the Lehigh Valley. Each stop features entrepreneurs and small business owners sharing their experiences about the resources available to anyone interested in developing a new business.

Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for  Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation is a co-sponsor of the event with the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.

The event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

For more information: (610) 758-5626 or

Start: 1:00 pm
End: 5:30 pm
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